The Workshop Committee organizes workshops for our members that cover a variety of interests and a range of quilting abilities. We encourage members to provide us with ideas and we will try to determine interest levels and organize workshops for you. Some topics may be presented as skill building practices – or ‘mini-workshops’ held on one of our regular sew days. These generally have no fees required and are drop-in opportunities. Other workshops require more time and a separate day will then be booked – These types workshops do require fees – to cover expense of hall booking and any Instructor fees as required.
Information about any upcoming Workshops will be posted below …… and advertised at General Meetings and newsletters – and occasionally via email. Workshops are held at the Guild Hall – but times will be specific for any given workshop as this depends on availability of hall booking – we do ‘share’ this building with many other community groups.
Jan will share her skills with applique. More details will be available closer to date
Supply list – not applicable
April 11, at 9:30, Myra Shearer is leading a workshop to demonstrate and sew a breast cancer bag. Please read her supply list with details elsewhere.
May 9 at 10 am, Deb Morrissey will share how to use the stripology ruler. Here is her description of this workshop.
Become a stripologist and learn how to go beyond cutting multiple and accurate strips! Any pattern can be adapted to using one of the four stripology rulers. Learn how to cut strip sets, square up any block up to 12 ½”, fussy cut squares, cut triangles, diamonds, hexagons, bias strips, flying geese and more! Please bring along patterns you would like to have stripologized plus pressed fabric too. She can demo cutting your fabric if time permits.
June 13 – Jean Lewis – Cooling Neckers – info coming soon.
We have received a poster regarding a Fibre Arts 2 day workshop on March 2 and 3, from the Quadra Quilters See attached poster. You may contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or Raelene or Jean. If there is enough interest, we may pursue obtaining this instructor to hold this workshop for our guild.
Breast Cancer Comfort Kits Tutorial
– April 11, 2024 at 9:30 am
Myra Shearer will be demonstrating how to make the breast cancer bags and pillows that we give to the hospital for breast cancer surgery patients. Kits will be available if you would like to make a kit that day, or you can just sit in and see how they are made. The technique used might be a little different to what you are used to – so come and find out how they are made and why they have to be done a certain way.
The kits contain all the fabric and batting used in making the bags and pillows and are all precut. The only item not supplied is the stuffing for the pillows which I do at a later date. There are instructions included in the kits.
If you decide to sew a kit that morning, these are the supplies that you will need:
Walking foot is handy but not necessary
Basic sewing tools (pins, marking pen)
Thread – a neutral colour or you can check the kits before the class to see what thread you need.
A small ruler such as a metal sewing gauge. You need to measure ¾”, 1” and 5”.
A glue stick – again handy but not necessary
If you pick up a kit before the demo, please do not press the lining piece. The creases are there for a reason that will that you will find out during the demo.
We have been supplying 120 of these kits each year to the hospital. Typically, I deliver 30 kits four times a year – so I need completed kits throughout the year. We have received numerous thank you notes from recipients over the years, they are greatly appreciated by both patients and the nursing staff who give them out. Any help in making up the kits is also very much appreciated.
General Information about our workshops:
All workshops will take place at the Guild Hall in Cumberland unless otherwise indicated.
Payment for workshops will be required at the time of registration.
Our workshops are offered on a non-profit basis. If registration in a workshop is insufficient to cover the costs, the workshop may be cancelled. A full refund will be issued if the workshop is cancelled.
Supply lists will be available as soon as the class has been confirmed and the instructor has supplied the list to the workshop committee.
Please do not wear perfume or other scented products as our classes are fragrance free in respect of those among us who have allergies.
Please turn off or set your phone to vibrate during classes.
If you are not enrolled in a workshop, please do not visit and disturb the workshop unless it has been specified that visitors are welcome and what time visitors may arrive.
How to Register:
You can register for classes in person at meetings. Usually, there is also a representative in attendance at our Thursday sewing days who will be happy to register you. Or you can print the registration form on the website and mail it to the address noted on the form.
Registration is only guaranteed once payment is made.
We will advertise workshops at monthly guild meetings and in newsletters. If the class is not filled with guild members two months after registration is opened, we will contact other guilds to see if there is any interest from their members. Proof of guild membership will be required of all individuals registering for workshops. We will only accept registrants who are not guild members if the class has not been filled one month before the workshop. The workshop fee will be the same amount for all registrants.
If you must cancel, here are some things to remember:
If you are expecting a refund, you must cancel at least 10 days prior to the class. This gives us time to check to see if there is anyone on the waiting list, contact those people to offer them your space, and wait for their decision. It takes us time to work our way through the list in order. Please keep in mind that the binder with the class and waiting lists is only accessible to workshop committee members at the hall on Thursdays.
Refunds are only issued if the class is full and there are people on the waiting list who want to & are able to attend the class.
Class fees are based on a minimum break-even point. So that we can continue to offer classes, we must have a minimum of 12 students in each class. If we don’t, we cannot cover the cost of the room rental and teacher fee.
We are conscious of the fact that we’re all members of the same guild and whenever possible, we do like to get member’s money back to them if they cannot attend. At the end of the year, when we balance our books, we may be able to consider exceptional circumstances that will allow us to consider other refunds.
Disclaimer: Comox Valley Schoolhouse Quilters cannot be responsible for loss or damage to personal belongings, nor to any injury to attendees of our workshops.
We appreciate your assistance in the smooth running of all our wonderful workshops and hope you enjoy them this year.